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Spring Parent Letter

March 2nd, 2015

Dear Parents and/or Guardians:

I hope this letter finds all of you doing well as we head towards spring with hopefully, some nicer weather in the near future. I want to share a few critical items with you as we rapidly approach the end of another quite successful year here at NPHS.

We are coming upon the end of our 3rd quarter grading period, which in effect is a mid-term. Even though you will see a report card per se, in Power School, it is in reality just a mid-term grade, which gets replaced by the end of semester grade on the transcript. (These quarter grades or mid-terms do not appear on final transcripts; only the semester grades.)

With this in mind, the mid-term grading period ends a week from Thursday, on March 12th. Teachers will upload their final grades, which will be available to all of you in Power School by Monday, March 16.  

With the importance of these mid-terms to our students and their futures’, we are implementing a spring Parent-Teacher Conference night which will be held in the same manner as we did this past fall. On Thursday, March 19th, from 4-7:30 PM, all of our teachers will set up in the large gymnasium just as before. I can’t encourage each of you enough about the incredible opportunity this provides to you and your student/s. Please take advantage of this opportunity to come in and meet with your student’s teachers. (This is a new opportunity not offered in the recent past here at NPHS, and as the instructional leader of the school, I believe it is another critical component of our efforts to improve what we do here for your students at New Prairie HS.)

As many of you know, we have significantly increased our AP (Advanced Placement) offerings here at NPHS, nearly triple what they were, and also how many were participating just three years ago.) We became a part of a wonderful program co-sponsored by Notre Dame University, where our teachers and students receive free training and support. All students in AP classes in the areas of English, Math and Science, are eligible for this training and we ask you to encourage them to participate in the upcoming Saturday sessions on March 21st and April 18th. (We are hosting both of them right here at NPHS.)

We are in process of having all students enroll in the AP exams coming up in May. All of the English, Science and Math AP students must take these exams, and they are presently free of charge to our students; however, we also want and encourage all other AP content area students to sign up and take their exams as well. The cost is only$91 and is a significant savings versus taking the courses in college and paying full tuition. (Students on free and reduced lunch plans do not have to pay for their exams.)

We are also excited to be offering a new four-year opportunity in Agricultural Science to the students here at NPHS.  Our first introductory course will be offered this upcoming fall as well as the creation and chartering of a new FFA (Future Farmers of America) Club Organization, which may be the most organized leadership program in all of public education. With Indiana being a central part and hub of the AG industry, it is imperative on our part; to help identify students while introducing them to the vast number of careers available through this program.

As most are aware, your students have submitted their class selections and we will begin building next year’s schedule by week’s end. It is our hopes to have this completed by sometime mid to late March so we can make adjustments to staffing for next year.

Finally, I want to take a moment to thank you for your support in all that we are trying to do here at New Prairie. It is our goal to motivate, encourage, challenge, teach, hold accountable, and facilitate each and every student’s opportunities to learn and be successful in all that they do. As a wise person once said, “it takes a village to raise-up the child”. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your student’s village. We take our responsibilities quite seriously.

Let’s work together to bring an incredible end to another successful year at Our House. Come on Cougar Nation, now is the time to step up and work together.


Greg Dettinger, Principal


February 24, 2015

At approximately 9:15 a.m. this morning, a live bullet was found on the floor of a New Prairie High School classroom. The building immediately moved into a lockdown status and a full search of the building commenced. The search was carried out by members of the NPUSC Administrative team and was supported by officers of the La Porte County Sheriiff's Department and Sheriff John Boyd. An explosives canine detector from the Michigan City Police Department also participated in the search. 

The search concluded at approximately 11:45 a.m. and no evidence of a weapon was discovered. The lockdown was lifted at that time and the normal class schedule resumed. An ongoing police investigation will continue.

Student Heart Screening


Dear Parents and Guardians of High School Students in New Prairie United School Corporation,

We are pleased to let you know that The La Porte Hospital Foundation in partnership with IU Health La Porte Hospital will be funding heart screenings for qualifying students in the NPUSC throughout the month of February, which is National Heart Month. The Foundation’s mission is to support healthcare and healthy lifestyles in the communities they serve, and with this mission in mind, the Foundation’s Board of Directors has allocated funding for these screenings so students can have them at no charge.

The staff at IU Health La Porte Hospital and The Foundation realize that recent events have brought the issue of Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD) to the forefront in our community. While we know that our students are generally healthy and vibrant, professionals at the IU Health La Porte Hospital Heart & Vascular Center also want you to know that screening a child is an effective, non-invasive way to rule out potentially harmful structural heart abnormalities. Conditions such as Marfan Syndrome, Mitral Valve Prolapse, Aortic Stenosis, and Hypertrophic Obstructive Cardiomyopathy (HOCM) occur within the cardiovascular system and may lead to premature cardiac arrest.

The screenings (188 total for several school districts in this screening cycle) are available on a first come, first served basis for students ages 14-18, who are not currently receiving medical care for a heart-related condition, and who have not received a previous heart screening in the past.

Below is the process for the screenings. Please let me know if you have any additional questions.

1.       The heart screenings will be by appointment only at the Heart & Vascular Center, 901 Lincolnway, Suite 102, La Porte. Dates and times are:

    1. Monday, 2/2/15 - 3pm to 6pm
    2. Tuesday, 2/10/15 - 7am to 3pm
    3. Tuesday, 2/17/15 - 7am to 3pm
    4. Monday, 2/23/15 - 3pm to 6pm
    5. Saturday, 2/28/15 - 8am to 12pm
2.       Those who wish to participate must call 219-326-2626 for an appointment.

3.       Written parental or legal guardian consent will be required for any student who is younger than 18 years of age. The signed consent, along with the and eight-point questionnaire, must be present at the heart screening.

4.       The eight-point personal and family history questionnaire will be filled out by the parents or legal guardian of the student and will help us gage a possible cardiovascular risk.

The tests involved in the screening are:

1.       Electrocardiogram screen (ECG/EKG) – records the electrical impulse through the heart.  Irregularities, such as widening of the QRS (when the heart ventricles contract) may indicate an enlarged heart. Read by a Board Certified Cardiologist.

2.       Limited echocardiogram only if there is an abnormal ECG or other indication from the questionnaire - An echocardiogram takes ultrasound pictures of the heart and is read by a Board Certified Cardiologist.

All abnormal findings will be referred to the student’s primary care provider, cardiologist and/or Director of Sports Medicine who will perform a consultation including a plan of care. The Director of Sports Medicine will serve as liaison between providers. Healthcare professionals will also provide education on HOCM and SCD through pamphlets, posters, and consultants.

Congratulations David Walbring

giving award

Senior football player, David Walbring, named as the Phillip Eskew Mental Attitude Award Winner for the Class 4-A for 2014 Season.

Project Lead The Way Certification


                                                           New Prairie High School
               Receives Project Lead The Way Certification for STEM Education Program

New Carlisle, Indiana--New Prairie High School announced today that it has received national certification for its Project Lead The Way (PLTW) program that it has been offering since 2007- PLTW, a nonprofit organization and the nation's leading provider of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education programs, offers a rigorous world-class curriculum that allows students to apply what they are learning in math and science class to real-life biomedical science projects. PLTW also prides itself on high-quality professional development of its teachers and an engaged network of business, community and university partners to give students the fullest experience.

The national PLTW recognition program distinguishes schools for successfully demonstrating a commitment to PLTW's national standards. Additionally, certification as a PLTW school provides students with the opportunity to apply for college credit or receive college-level recognition at PLTW affiliate universities when they successfully complete select PLTW courses in high school. PLTW has more than 40 affiliate college and university partners.

"New Prairie High School should be congratulated for demonstrating once again its commitment to PLTW's quality standards," said PLTW President and CEO Vince Bertram. 'The real winners here, however, are the 196 students taking the classes. Students benefit from PL1W's innovative, project-based curriculum that encourages creativity, problem solving, and critical thinking. We look forward to many more years of working together to prepare New Prairie students to become the most innovative and productive in the world."

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